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19 September 2019.

Fort William, Skiing & Sn...

Fort William is located 10 minutes by car or bus from Scotland’s newest ski area Nevis Range and 30 minutes by road from Scotland’s oldest ski area Glencoe, making it an ideal base in which to stay if on a ski safari in Scotland.

Nevis Range is Scotland’s highest ski area with an upper elevation of 4006 feet and a vertical drop of 2119 feet although on very rare occasions this can extend to just under 4000 feet. It also has the largest concentration of black runs of all of the Scottish ski resorts, with a number totalling ten. When the snow arrives Nevis Range really can offer some truly fabulous sport. Sport that would rival that at some of continental Europe’s leading resorts on the day. This was realised by Warren Miller the extreme snowsports film maker who came here to shoot some scenes for one of his popular movie productions.

On a clear day the views from Aonach Mor are astounding. Ben Nevis just two peaks away, offers a splendid photo opportunity. While looking across Lochs Eil and Linnhe a vast vista toward the Ardnarmurchan peninsula opens up taking in the mountainous landscapes of Ardgour and Moidart. And to the north the Great Glen winds its way north eastwards to Inverness. These can all be drunk up before enjoying an exhilarating top to bottom run covering more than 3 kilometres of interesting and varied terrain. This route could be more than doubled on those rare occasions when the snow is deep enough down to the car park.

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Beginner

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Beginners have two dedicated tows with very short gentle green runs on which to master the basics. The mountain is well laid out for progressing beginners who can build up their confidence on longer green runs before moving onto the more challenging blues. The Nevis Range ski school are on hand to ensure you find your feet. Be sure to book before you go as the ski school busies up pretty quick when conditions are good.

Intermediate

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Intermediates will revel in the sheer distance they can ski before having to get back on a lift. A good variety of routes lead from the summit all the way back to the lower lifts. Warren’s and The Goose provide most of the best intermediate sport. Nevis Range is also a good place for intermediates to get their first taste of the back country. The back bowls provide the perfect environment for this. However, it is recommended that a suitably qualified instructor or guide is hired as the back bowls can be prone to avalanche and in poor visibility loosing the route could result in someone falling over a cliff.

Advanced

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Advanced riders will relish the back bowls (lift served off-piste) and their looming cornices which sometimes offer an exhilarating free fall entrance onto the steep slopes below. The slopes, often covered with wind slab can be prone to avalanche. And remember too, that cornices are unstable and at some point will break off. Be sure to check with ski patrol, the office or the signs by the tops of tows. If in doubt, don’t go over.

Freestyle, Skier and BoarderCross

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There are usually kickers and rails for freestylers on the Summit Run. The Goose Gully will provide good natural air from its left hand lip in certain conditions. Care must be taken as the landing strip is in the middle of one of the main pistes.